Our world is changing every day and as more technology comes bounding into our daily lives so does our hope that things such as artificial intelligence can be a force for good.

In Silicon Valley, the need for a climate change “disrupter”’ may have landed in the form of AI — the implications of which we look at in this month’s main feature.

Clergy Letter Project Founder Michael Zimmerman also provides us with an in-depth review of what the aims are for a new religion and science weekend initiative.

Here’s a rundown of this month’s news articles:

IRAS to host Feb. 9 webinar on ‘sustainable flourishing’

IRAS as part of its monthly webinar series on Science, Religion and Society, will host author Jeremy Lent to discuss themes from his recent book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe.

Meditation more than brain deep

A new study of gut microbes found that Buddhist monks microbiome is healthier than most carrying with it lower risk of anxiety, depression and heart disease.

Arizona State to host conference on religion and technology

The international Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) is hosting a conference on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus on Feb. 2-5, which includes a virtual attendance option.

Happy reading,

Susan Barreto, Editor

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